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每日跟讀#750: Aesthetic makeover: TRA launches new tour train

讓罵最凶的人參與設計 台鐵觀光列車有質感

· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

每日跟讀#750: Aesthetic makeover: TRA launches new tour train

When the plans for the Taiwan Railway Administration’s (TRA) NT$79 million (US$2.6 million) 29 “Formosa Express” passenger tour carriages were revealed earlier this year, the designs were met with an avalanche of criticism. In response, TRA director Chang Cheng-yuan announced in April that the company would hold consultations on the design, and that the most vehement detractors would be invited to contribute.

台鐵局今年耗資新台幣七千九百萬元,打造二十九輛環島之星觀光列車,曝光後設計卻遭批評。台鐵局長張政源在今年四月宣布,成立台鐵美學設計諮詢審議小組,「把罵台鐵最凶的統統找來」。由設計師吳漢中為代表,齊聚各界專家,把二十九輛當中尚未施作完工的十三輛列車,邀請在國內外得過許多設計大獎的台灣設計團隊「柏成設計」,導入美學概念重新改造。

Headed by designer Han Wu, the team of consultants brought together experts from various fields, and the award-winning Taiwanese design firm J. C. Architecture was invited to undertake an aesthetic makeover, designing the 13 cars yet to be converted.

Unveiled on Friday, the newly designed TRA Tour Train sports a black and orange exterior, imparting an air of gravitas to its new look. Redundant signs distracting from the minimalist interior design were removed, and soft lighting was introduced to create a comfortable, relaxing ambience, to give passengers the impression of being in a hotel.

新設計的台鐵觀光列車上週五亮相,外觀改用尊榮感十足的黑、橘色,內裝採減法設計,去掉多餘的指標,燈光使用溫和的色溫,讓旅客有如進到飯店的舒適氛圍。

The curtains in the carriages are based on the works of Yuma Taru, an aboriginal craftswoman, employing geometric shapes suggestive of mountains, while the upholstery utilizes blues and grays, a reference to Taiwan’s oceans, rocks and mountains. The overall effect goes beyond that of a simple means of transportation, and now has more of an emotional impact.

車廂中的窗簾,是參考原住民工藝家尤瑪.達陸的作品,以幾何圖形堆疊出山脈造型;座椅顏色為藍、灰色,象徵台灣的海洋、石頭與山,讓火車不再只是生硬的交通工具,同時也富有情感。

Commenting on why black and orange were chosen for the exterior, Nora Wang, co-founder of J. C. Architecture, says that black imparts a sense of mystery and sobriety, and that old photos of TRA train carriages show that black was widely used for train exteriors in the past. The orange, meanwhile, is a reference to the Chu Kuang Express train designs. The tour train’s black and orange theme is therefore a link to railway history, reinvented from and recombining older design elements.

列車外觀使用黑、橘二色,柏成設計合夥創辦人王菱檥表示,黑色具有神秘的尊榮感,尤其觀察過往台鐵車體照片時,發現有一段時期大量採用黑色設計,因此激盪出新的想法。經典橘色則是延續莒光號原有的橘,保有車輛的歷史,將舊元素重新組合,迸出新的設計火花。

Wang’s favorite design is the bar counter area, reminiscent of a hotel reception, featuring a small lamp on the dining table, giving boarding passengers the impression they are entering a hotel. Passengers get to experience the hotel-like service, too, reclining in the train’s parlor car accompanied by friends and family, leisurely sipping coffee. The windows offer magnificent ocean views to the east and vistas of rice paddies and mountains to the west.

有如飯店接待大廳的吧台區是王菱檥最喜愛的設計,餐桌台上放了一盞小燈,當旅客踏上這輛觀光列車時,感覺就像是踏進飯店一樣。跟親朋好友坐在客廳車,悠閒喝著咖啡,從觀景窗往外望,東邊有海岸線壯闊海景,西邊則有稻穗、山脈,帶給大家有如旅館式的服務體驗。

Wang says, “The TRA train is not just a means of transportation, it is a starting point for a journey.” She hopes that the TRA Tour Train will help promote rail travel in Taiwan. Tour trains in countries such as Japan and Italy attract visitors from all over the world every year, and Wang believes Taiwan has the potential to be like this. “Taiwan’s landscape is so beautiful,” she says, and “some scenery can only be seen from the train.”

王菱檥說:「台鐵不只是交通工具,而是旅遊的起始點。」她希望未來可帶動民眾搭乘火車在島內旅遊的風氣,放眼各國的觀光列車如日本、義大利等,每年吸引全球民眾到訪,「相信台灣有這方面的潛力,台灣景觀太美了,有些景色只有坐火車才看得到」。

Source article: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/lang/archives/2019/12/17/2003727649/2

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